Archive for January, 2009

Work Ethics Today

January 27, 2009 by Ken

It seems like the younger people entering the work force today haven’t been taught the old ways that our fathers pounded into our heads over and over again.  If you have recently had to hire someone, you know what I am talking about.

Some of the younger workers today think they are doing you a favor by coming to work each day.  They do the bare minimum or not even that much.  They’re always looking for ways to get out of doing what has been asked of them and don’t seem to understand or care what it costs the company to employ them.

My father taught me if you start a job, no matter what job it might be, you do it better than anyone has done it before you.  At the end of the day you go home and feel good about what you have accomplished.

The company that has hired you is investing their trust and money in you.  They expect you to do what needs to be done.  Now is when your father’s teaching comes into play.

  • Do more than the company asks you to
  • Do things that might not be in your job description
  • Once you have completed your assigned tasks look around to see what needs to be done and do it.  For instance, if you’re hired as an engineer and you see the trash is full, take it out.  Don’t ask for someone to do what you are very capable of doing yourself.  It isn’t that big of a deal and it will help make a good impression.

The company you are working for is now your company; you need to represent it and its best interest.  It’s not just doing a fair days work for a fair days pay, it is one step on your way to developing your personal work ethics that will be with you for the rest of your life at work and home.  If your company fails you fail.

When you have to go out and find another job it’s in your best interest to make your company succeed.  If you do more than what is expected of you and do the best job you can do, always looking for ways to do it better and faster in most cases your boss will recognize it.

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The Right Tool for the Job

January 21, 2009 by Shayne

Though tools are expensive, it’s important to use the proper tools for the job you are doing.  If you don’t have the right tools you can run into many problems.  Rounded off or stripped out bolts, wrong sized holes, and broken taps are a few of the problems you may face.

Using the wrong tool for the job makes disassembling parts, or changing out parts difficult.  Also, the cost of replacing parts that may be ruined by using the wrong tools is avoided by using the proper tools.

Using power tools and air tools when possible is more efficient and can lower your costs in hours.  Who wants to stand around and build something using a hammer and nails when you can use a nail gun instead? 

Having the right tools for the job helps everybody deliver a quality professional product for their clients and reflects well on your company.

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Working with Lean Companies

January 15, 2009 by John

My experiences working with industrial companies over the past fifteen years has aided me in my understanding of the importance of lean manufacturing.  In the early 1990’s overhauling a company to run lean manufacturing practices might not have seemed practical to many.  The cost of upgrading and maintaining such ideas would be enormous and the thought of employees being displaced from their jobs was taboo.  During this period of time the companies that have been unwilling to make the changes necessary to work towards the lean goals were going out like the dinosaurs that they were.  The global economy now demands more.  Competition and profitability are huge factors in what makes a lean business practice essential.

Working for a lean company that provides lean automation is a great thing.  There are always new business theories and practices surfacing.  It’s exciting to work for a company where approval of ideas is asked of everyone.  All financial information is reviewed in a group meeting.  Any of our ideas to better the company and the products are taken in and analyzed.  If an idea is beneficial, everybody involved is rewarded and the company is bettered.  It’s a good feeling to be part of such a team.

Long live the lean!!!

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Lean Automation…the Engineers and Assembly Technicians

January 7, 2009 by Warren

At Setpoint we have been building lean automated equipment for over 16 years.  One of the lessons we have learned is the importance for engineers and assembly technicians to work together to get the job done efficiently and give the customer the best possible quality, price, and on-time delivery.  Many times if the two don’t work together things tend to have to be redone, redesigned, or ideas scrapped all together.  I’ve seen this time and time again, which in turn affects the quality and price and doesn’t make anybody happy.

For many years I have maintained and assembled machines and have seen many designs and working environments that most design engineers aren’t even aware of.  Because of this experience that myself and other assembly technicians have we can often give insight to these facts.

Working together also makes installation easier and better.  Engineers don’t tend to think of having an easy connector to two parts of a machine so that they can be easily separated for shipping or how the air hoses or electrical components are connected so when the machine is prepared for shipping you don’t have to rewire part of it at install.  When examples such as these are not kept in mind during the design phase, the onsite installation can take much longer to get the machine up and running on the customers’ floor than need be, which costs us more and doesn’t look good to the customer.

So we all need to just get along!

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